A provisional trial date has been set for a man accused of murdering a 24-year-old at Reading Station. 

Kirkpatrick Virgo, of Whitby Road, Slough, is alleged to have murdered Reading man Thomas Parker at the station just before midnight on Saturday, July 30. 

Mr Parker was attacked on platform 8 of Reading Station in a ‘needless act of violence’, a transport police chief said, following an altercation on an inbound train. 

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The station was closed off by police in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 31) while detectives carried out investigations. 

Virgo was apprehended soon after the incident and charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon on Monday, August 1. 

Reading Crown Court heard how the Slough man was allegedly in possession of a metal horseshoe at the time of the incident. 

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The 42-year-old appeared at Reading Crown Court from custody via video link yesterday (August 2). 

The Slough man was not arraigned, meaning he did not enter a plea to one charge of murder and one charge of possession of an offensive weapon. 

However, a provisional trial date was set for the week commencing January 9, 2023. 

Virgo is set to appear at Reading Crown Court again on Monday, September 5, where he is expected to enter his pleas. 

Following his death, Thomas Parker’s family released a tribute statement. 

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They said: “Tom was a very kind, thoughtful, and caring son. He was dedicated to his parents, brothers, grandparents, family and friends.

“He was popular, loving, funny, and hardworking; he was the life and soul of the party. His kindness and thoughtfulness touched the lives of everyone who knew him.

“We cannot adequately express how deeply saddened and shaken we feel about his death.

“He will always be in our hearts and minds wherever we are.”

British Transport Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 665 of 30/07/22.